17 August 2008 by Published in: General News 8 comments

Susan and I attended the Wings of Victory Air Show, hosted by the Historical Aircraft Squadron, at the Fairfield County Airport in Lancaster, Ohio today. The show featured the F-16 East Coast Demo Team, the actual restored B-17 bomber that was featured in the movie Memphis Belle, a B-25, a P-51 Mustang, the Screamin’ Rebels, which is a group of six restored World War II T-6 trainers, a Korean War-era MiG-17 fighter, and some fun aerobatics and a wing walker (talk about crazy…..).

One of the other highlights was the presence of two of Ohio’s surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen. I had my picture taken with two of them at the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends last year, and it was a great thrill for me. Two more were there today, and it was great to meet two men who gave so much and who had such a magnificent record of achievement during World War II as these men had.

I just love this kind of stuff. I’m like a little boy at air shows–wide-eyed, gawking, endlessly fascinated. And, for a small county air show, not bad at all. It wasn’t like the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends that we attended last October, but what could be? It was well-done, and very well-attended. The weather was spectacular, and I’m very glad we went.

Unfortunately, we forgot the good digital camera, so Susan had to work with the 1.3 megapixel camera in her cell phone. Not ideal, but with the gorgeous weather, it worked out okay. Here are the best photos.

Farbs!!!

I wish I could understand why there were Civil War reenactors, including an artillery piece, present, but there were. And, I must say, they were some of the farbiest reenactors I have ever seen, and I’ve seen my share of farbs in my day. But, at least we have a tie-in to the Civil War. 🙂

B-25

This is the Mitchell B-25 bomber, just before it took off to fly home to Urbana, Ohio, where its owner keeps it. The group of warbird enthusiasts there is working on restoring a B-17 to flying condition.

Heritage Flight

The highlight of the day was a Heritage Flight by a P-51 Mustang and an F-16. It was an incredibly moving thing to see. Here’s a view of it. These two graceful fighter planes represent the best that the U. S. Air Force has to offer, and it’s quite a sight to see them flying together in formation.

Heritage Flight

Another view of the Heritage Flight. It’s called a heritage flight because it combines fifty years of Air Force history with two of the finest warbirds ever built.

In Formation

The Screamin’ Rebels in formation.

In formation

And again.

Runway pass

The Screamin’ Rebels making a pass over the runway. It was a very impressive thing to see.

I was lucky. My hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania had a fabulous air show that I attended regularly as a boy. I’m quite certain that it’s the reason why I love them so much to this day and why I try not to miss them when I can help it. These old warbirds are beautiful, and it’s great to see that they’re not only still cared for, but that they can still fly and do the things that made them great in the first place.

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Comments

  1. Tom Thompson
    Sun 17th Aug 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Eric,
    Nice pics. Isn’t there an outfit called the Confederate Air Force that is into vintage planes? Where was this Heritage show?
    Tom

  2. Tom Thompson
    Sun 17th Aug 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Just so you don’t think I’m daft or worse, I see now that the show was at Lancaster. Your comments and the first photo did not come up on my system until after I posted my question.

  3. Sun 17th Aug 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Tom,

    There is a group called the Confederate Air Force, but it was not present.

    There’s a reason why my commentary and the first photo didn’t come up–Susan put the other photos up first, and then I started to work on adding commentary to it. You happened along before I finished writing my comments.

    Eric

  4. Kent Dorr
    Mon 18th Aug 2008 at 12:02 am

    Too bad this event wasnt publicized. I love to see WWII aircraft. Not sure what the Reb reenactors were doing there tho.
    I wasnt that far away from Lancaster ether. Went to the 141st annual Bean Dinner in New Castle, Coshocton County, which continues a GAR tradition. That was my Civil War event for the weekend. Did manage to stop at 4 cemeteries on the way home and get digital photos of Union veterans graves.

  5. Don Moody
    Mon 18th Aug 2008 at 12:34 am

    Eric,
    In the interest of political correctness, the original Confederate Airforce was renamed the Commemorative Airforce a few years ago. Seems the word “Confederate” was offensive to some people. Weren’t those reenactors in Susan’s photo Confederate? A protest no doubt .

  6. David Jolley
    Tue 19th Aug 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Eric,
    I was at the airshow Sat & Sun taking pictures. Here’s a link to my online gallery.

    http://www.pbase.com/hockingphotos/wings_of_victory

  7. Brian Halk
    Thu 21st Aug 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hello…I happened to Google Wings Of Victory and found this site. Thanks for your comments on our airshow. We work hard to make sure it’s a fun one, and from your comments it appears we succeeded.
    To be honest, most squadron members wondered about the Civil War re-enactors, too. Several visitors actually commented that the hourly cannon blast was annoying. Don’t get me wrong—I love that sort of thing, just not at an airshow
    Also, the CAF WAS at our show. The Wright Stuff Wing flew the T-50, The Ohio Valley Wing brought their L-5, and the Ohio Wing from Cleveland had their O-2 and SNJ on the ramp.
    Hope you can come see us again next year!

  8. Robert Mergel
    Mon 22nd Dec 2008 at 11:57 am

    I apologize for the tardiness of this response; I only happened onto this website a few days ago. However, in answer to several of the blogs concerning the Civil War Re-Enactors, we (Re-Enactors) were invited to attend the Air Show. Over all we were treated very well and appreciated averything that was done for us. Obviously, we felt a bit out of place; but ,were told by several of the Air Show organizers that they (the organizers) wanted to expand the scope of the Air Show. We were not given a specific schedule – so we were left to our own device in regards to the artillery firing and skirmish.

    In regards to the “FARBish” observations, we are continually trying to improve our represenation of the the Civil War Era and would appreciate any specific constructive comments and/or criticisms. The author obviously “knows his stuff” and we would appreciate him sharing his insight. Also, we would like to know if he observed anything that was correct.

    Lastly, we wish to express our thanks for all of the hospitality extended to us during the event.

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